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The Blue Pigeons

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About

The Blue Pigeons is a hotel wedding venue situated in the historic village of Sandwich, Kent. Nestled as it is in the Garden of England, this inn provides a scenic and cosy setting for celebrations. The venue is privately owned and family-run, meaning that the customer service is second to none. Throughout your big day, you will be impressed by the beautiful backdrop, friendly service and great food. Best for intimate occasions, the property is an idyllic choice for your 'something blue'.

Facilities and Capacity

The Blue Pigeons has a lush, verdant yard where you can tie the knot surrounded by your closest friends and family. A brick path that will double as your aisle and leads to the gazebo, under which you can exchange your vows. This white, wooden gazebo adds a touch of rustic to the romantic aesthetic. Afterwards, you can enjoy drinks on the lawn before heading inside for your wedding breakfast. The event space features wood floors, exposed brick walls and the ability to seat 50 people for dinner. For your evening reception, there is a maximum of 100 guests.

Services Offered

The Blue Pigeons provides comprehensive packages that come with all six of the hotel's beautiful ensuite rooms. You will also have the help of the in-house Wedding Coordinator, Georgia. The venue has hosted more than 150 weddings since it opened in 2013, and Georgia and her team are adept at making all your dreams come true. The popular Diamond Package offers you and your partner a two-night stay and all the amenities. This will allow you to set up ahead of the festivities and ensure your weekend is relaxing and stress-free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Small Hotel
Pub or Restaurant
Civil Ceremony Licence
Church
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Entertainment Licence
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Pets Welcome

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    Michael D. Married on 20/12/2021
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    Everything we could possibly have hoped for and more!

    The team at the Blue Pigeons could not have been more helpful in preparing us for our wedding. 2 cancellations during the pandemic and we were kept fully informed about options and dates. We finally got there on the 3rd attempt. Our dedicated planner, Georgia, kept us on task and made the whole run up to wedding pretty stress free. In DJ Martin had everyone, young and old, dancing all evening.
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    Charlotte S. Married on 23/09/2021
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    The most perfect wedding day!

    Emma and her whole team were amazing from day 1 until our wedding day, we always felt so relaxed and at home when we would come in for meetings and Emma and the team helped us reorganise our wedding date twice due to Covid and made it as least stressful as possible.
    We had the most wonderful wedding day and was more beautiful, calm and relaxed than I could imagine and its all down to Emma's wonderful team. All our guests had a lovely day and full Stomachs!!
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    Cassie D. Married on 01/06/2021
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    Wonderful venue, food and service

    We were married at the Blue Pigeons in July 2021. It's a fantastic venue. We chose it because it has a great reputation for food, and we weren't let down. There was a selection of menus to choose from and we opted for the gourmet BBQ, with a variety of seating options both indoor and outside in the garden (no seating plan)- we were keen for a very informal atmosphere. Everyone said the food was great, including the evening buffet.
    Our wedding was on a Monday and there had been a wedding the weekend before, so we asked on the off chance if they'd mind leaving up any left over flowers and bunting, which they did (I was very relaxed in my planning and colour scheme!!)
    The wedding planners were always easy to contact and we're happy to accommodate various changes of plan - it wasn't easy planning during a pandemic!
    The in-house DJ is very flexible too and if you have children attending, the garden is a great space for games and entertainment.
    All in all, it turned out to be the best day ever and I'd absolutely recommend it anyone. You should pop in for a roast and see what you think!
    - sorry I didn't have any better photos on my phone to upload!

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    Abigail P. Married on 25/09/2020
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    The only place to say "I do"...

    Getting married in the midst of a global Pandemic may not sound like everyone's ideal wedding, but we weren't to know that when we booked and paid for The Blue Pigeons in January 2020. We had been for an exquisite Christmas dinner in December 2019, where we quickly commented on what a wonderful wedding venue it would be. Fast forward a few days to Christmas Eve, and the secret proposal was revealed. The timing seemed too much of a coincidence, and we quickly fell in love with the idea of having our wedding at the scenic hotel which had captured our imagination. The process for contacting and arranging a viewing was seamless, and we had paid for our venue in full by 13th January. Then Covid happened, and the country locked down.

    Most couples rearranged their special days, but we held out for our dream Autumn wedding. Emma was brillant in keeping us updated and so supportive, even with restrictions limiting aspects for ceremonies and celebrations. We chose getting married over a large party, partly because that's not really us, and we were just ready to tie the knot. In the end, the restrictions limited us to 23 guests, 2 registrars, 1 photographer, and a lot of face masks, but we finally said "I do" on the 25th September 2020, and we wouldn't have changed a thing.

    The team were impeccable. The food was divine. And the photographs will forever capture our magical day in this beautiful venue.

    If you're looking for a stylish, quaint, and LGBTQ+ inclusive venue, with picturesque views, delicious food, 5 star accomodation, and an attentive team, then I cannot recommend The Blue Pigeons enough.

    Thank you Emma, and all of The Blue Pigeons team. Abigail & Sarah x

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    Alice D. Married on 04/12/2021
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    Best wedding venue

    The Blue Pigeons were phenomenal - everyone was lovely, the food was incredible and the venue was simply stunning. They set everything up for us on the morning of the wedding and cleared everything up once the day was over. We felt looked after throughout the process and I was definitely a stressy bride! Thank you so much for making our wedding so special - Alice and Ben xxx
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    Laura B. Married on 04/09/2021
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    Exceptional!

    Team pigeons are the some of the friendliest people you will ever come across. Emma and Georgia and all the other staff made our wedding experience faultless and we were completely blown away by everything they did for us.
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    Rich A. Married on 10/07/2021
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    Amazing venue & Team

    Wow - where to start! Thank you Blue Pigeons team SO much for making our wedding day so special! Everything from the months of planning, the build up and the day was incredible, and in such strange times too! We’ve received so many comments from people on how fantastic the Blue Pigeons is, as a venue and also for the amazing customer service. We knew we would be in safe hands with you but it really was a seamless day and we can’t thank you enough for that!

    We would highly recommend The Blue Pigeons not only for a fantastic, intimate, and thoughtful wedding venue but also for a great meal in a lovely countryside setting.
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    Jacqueline Married on 08/09/2018
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    A very enjoyable time

    My son was married at The Blue Pigeon, the Venue was perfect, with the marriage ceremony outside in the garden. We were able to decorate the venue ourselves, inside and out, the staff attentive and all the food was outstanding.
    A very enjoyable time was spent by all and close family stayed over for two nights, the accommodation was very comfortable, highly recommended.
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    Frank Married on 08/09/2018
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    Wedding venue par excellence

    The Blue Pigeons was chosen by my daughter as the venue for her wedding. She couldn't have made a better choice. The hospitality and enthusiasm of the owners and all of the staff was inspiring. The wedding guests were united in their praise for the quality and portion sizes of all of the food. Many, myself included, stated that it was the best wedding food that they had eaten. The guest rooms are comfortable and well equipped. The garden gave a perfect setting for the ceremony. This venue is the perfect package and should be on every couples list of wedding venue.
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    Michael Married on 25/08/2018
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    Stress free

    We had our wedding here on 25th August 2018. Infact we had the entire venue from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Every part of the weekend was faultless from the amazing food, friendly/helpful staff and attention to detail. Emma organises your wedding down to every last little detail and leaves you feeling stress free. We could not have asked for a better wedding!
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    Nikki Married on 19/07/2018
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    Dream Wedding Venue

    My 'Husband' and I recently got married here. We'd wanted an intimate, relaxed wedding in a pretty location where our guests would feel comfortable and special.
    Blue Pigeons surpassed our expectations!
    The venue was oh so pretty, informal but special. The staff were the best I've come across for many a year. Friendly, accommodating and efficient. Honestly nothing was too much trouble and they were so polite and clearly keen to ensure we were totally looked after. They made me feel so special, any request I had throughout the day they were keen to fulfil.
    The food was amazing, we had the gourmet buffet in the garden and it was perfect. Great variety and absolutely delicious. All positive comments from guests.
    The hotel is as it is described, boutique. Small and intimate and very well run. Our bridal suite room was wonderful, clean and comfortable. I had a fab relax in the comfortable double ended bath (I'm 6ft) before my wedding and felt very privileged, while the competent staff finished the venue preparations for the wedding. I felt very confident leaving all plans to them.
    The village is lovely too with several quirky places to have photos taken.
    A comment from one of the guests ' perfect wedding, relaxed, pretty, informal but special with staff that ran it seamlessly.
    I can't recommend enough :-) Thank you so much too all staff :-)
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    Kevin Married on 07/07/2018
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    Make sure you are hungry

    This place is just fantastic! We have eaten here several times and had our wedding here on 7th July 2018. The staff are great, attentive and friendly, any issues were immediately sorted without fuss. The food here is always incredible, just make sure you're hungry! I really can't find fault, our day was absolutely perfect.
    Thank you to Emma and all the guys at the blue pigeons for making our day amazing.
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    Emma Married on 02/06/2018
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    Absolutely amazing venue

    We can not thank Emma and the team at The Blue Pigeons enough. From the very start Emma was there to help us with any queries or concerns we had about the day always helping us and making me feel less stressed! When the day finally come we could not have wished for a better day, everyone commented on how amazing the food was (both the wedding breakfast and evening buffet) and how amazing the venue looked. Emma was open to letting us put our own stamp on the place with our wedding decorations although this is not necessary as the venue itself gives the perfect backdrop. The accommodation at the venue and breakfast in the morning was also great! I can not recommend this venue enough the staff are there to ensure everything goes to plan so you can just enjoy your day, which is exactly what we did! Once again, Thank you team Blue Pigeons x
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    Terri Married on 29/05/2018
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    You are truly amazing.

    Wow! What could Shaun and I possibly say to thankyou both enough for what you have done for us throughout our wedding experience.

    You welcomed us with open arms & you and your staff could not have done enough for us all..

    Thankyou from the bottom off our hearts for all your hard work that yourself and your staff have done. Everyone complemented the beautiful venue & the amazing food.. you made our day run perfectly & for that You are truly amazing.

    Thankyou again

    Love Terri and Shaun Xxxx
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    Carolyn Married on 12/04/2018
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    Easter Wedding 2018

    My son and daughter-in-law married at The Blue Pigeons over Easter. We had the run of the hotel from the Wednesday afternoon which enabled us to decorate the venue inside and also put our stamp on the outside too. This was followed by a lovely evening meal for twelve with bubbly, a nice way to end the evening and relax before the big day. Emma runs a very slick operation and on the morning of the wedding it was decided to hold the ceremony outside as the weather had improved. Without any fuss the garden and gazebo was soon made ready and the room where the reception was held was transformed, which was most impressive. After a lovely service we were served canapés and drinks which were delicious followed by a hog roast buffet. Everyone commented on the quality of the food and how plentiful it was. It was a very special day which was relaxed and happy and just what the bride and groom had hoped for. Thank you Emma and her team who were always on hand with a smile.

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